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Pierce County deputy takes own life while investigating case in Yakima

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YAKIMA, Wash. -- A Pierce County sheriff's deputy took his life Friday while investigating a case in Yakima, according to Yakima County coroner Jack Hawkins.

Hawkins said Deputy Kory Shaffer, 47, was found with a self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head in a room at the Hilton Garden Inn on East Yakima Avenue.

Shaffer was in town with another deputy for an undisclosed case.

"He was in a room with his partner, and from what I understand he went into the bathroom and shot himself," said Hawkins.

Hawkins performed an autopsy Friday and the investigation is ongoing.

Shaffer had been with the sheriff's office since 2000.

*This story will be updated as more information becomes available.

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